Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental supports the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail

The company joins other large businesses in supporting a worthy cause

There is hardly anyone in Scotland who doesn’t know or hasn’t heard of the ‘little rascal’ Wullie, a famous cartoon character by DC Thomson (he was even named a cultural icon of Scotland. For his 80th anniversary, Oor Wullie has teamed up with the Archie Foundation in fundraising for the Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal.

The Oor Wullie Bucket Trail is being hailed as Dundee’s biggest ever mass-participation art event and is running from the 27th June to 27th August 2016. The trail sees 55, 5 ft tall sculptures of Oor Wullie sitting on a bucket located around the city of Dundee. Each is individually sponsored and decorated. The proceeds of sponsorship and ultimately the sale of the sculptures will be donated to the Archie Foundation.

A need recognised

Following very successful fundraising on behalf of Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and the Highland Children’s unit at Raigmore, Inverness, The Archie Foundation was invited to become the official charity of Tayside Children’s Hospital.

The highest priority need highlighted by NHS Tayside was to create a twin operating theatre paediatric surgical suite to replace the existing single theatre day-case children’s surgical ward.

Kevin McCormick, Archie Foundation Trustee, told us that the need for new facilities has been growing for years so that more children requiring surgical procedures can be treated in specialised child-friendly facilities instead of being cared for in adult facilities or sometimes even taken to other hospitals.

‘‘We know how successful a public art trail can be in raising funds and attracting attention to the cause and we were looking for the best idea when DC Thomson lent us a helping hand. Our desire to create an art trail has coincided with Oor Wullie’s 80th anniversary and so they have kindly loaned us “the wee rascal” for this wonderful event.’’

The Archie Foundation

The Archie Foundation has been named the official charity of the Tayside Hospital for all its previous and current work in supporting sick children and their families.

The launch of the bucket trail took place in Dundee, and was attended by sponsors, artists and representatives of DC Thomson, NHS Tayside and The ARCHIE Foundation.The bucket trail will be placed all around Dundee and the country for the next ten weeks, with each one being sponsored by a different business. People can have some fun following the bucket trail using an app to track them and the statues are already gaining a lot of attention from the public. In September, the sculptures will be auctioned and all proceedings will go towards the Children’s Hospital.

How Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental is involved

Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental joins Tunnock’s, Michelin, Visit Scotland, Scotrail and T in the Park and is sponsoring its own Oor Wullie statue with a unique design (that will be unveiled over the next few days). The Arnold Clark hire vans have also played their part in helping the Oor Wullie Bucket trail by providing transport for the statues.

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